Look at the pretty pictures!

Subject: General Tech | February 2, 2007 - 12:51 PM |
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HEXUS.tv has something to show you, the new Crysis trailer, using DX10.  Compression kills, but you get the idea of just what this game will look like.  With their proprietary physics engine, you won't need an Aegia card, but as they suggest at the end of the preview, it might be a good idea to get your hands on an 8800.

Source: Hexus

Not your father's Superbowl

Subject: General Tech | February 2, 2007 - 12:19 PM |
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Join AnandTech in a look at the technology behind a little known game that will be taking place on Sunday.  Did you realize there needs to be a laser map the entire field and a programmed palette to limit the colours that can be painted on, just to project an accurate First Down line on the grass and not the players?  Many have noticed the wires that the cameras run along to bring the brilliant angles we have become used to, but did you know they ran on RTLinux?  Make sure you check out the stats behind Eyevi

Source: AnandTech

Codec Talk

Subject: General Tech | February 1, 2007 - 02:59 PM |
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Don't know your Ogg Vorbis from your FLAC?  Confused about what lossless compression is, and if you could even tell the difference?  Head to Big Bruin where they give you an overview of 5 of the most popular codecs, what they are and who uses them for what.  Get over there and get in the know.

Source: Big Bruin

A BSOD for your Smart Phone

Subject: General Tech | February 1, 2007 - 12:34 PM |
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CNET reports on a flaw that can cause smart phones running Windows Mobile 2003 and Windows Mobile 5.0 to crash.  The good news is that this vulnerability was discover by researchers at Trend Micro, it was not discovered in the wild.

Early adoption blues

Subject: General Tech | February 1, 2007 - 12:13 PM |
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So you ran out and spent $1800 on a pair of overclocked 8800GTX's and then bought a copy of Vista Ultimate Edition.  Now you are sitting in front of the computer foaming at the mouth because they won't play nicely together.  As Ryan has pointed out and linked to, the 100.59 drivers add ... beta support anyways, but ...

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Intel Science Talent Search Finalists Announced

Subject: General Tech | January 31, 2007 - 04:26 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 31, 2007 — Forty high school seniors today were named finalists for the Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS) 2007. The competition is America's oldest and most prestigious high school science competition; six former finalists have won the Nobel Prize and others have been awarded the Fields Medal, the National Medal of Science and MacArthur Foundation fellowships.

Go! Go! Godzilla

Subject: General Tech | January 31, 2007 - 03:11 PM |
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Back in the '80s, Rampage was a big arcade game, putting you in control of George, who was very King Kong-like, Lizzie the Godzilla lookalike, or Ralph who was a giant werewolf.  You fought the military and each other in a huge monster free for all.  The Wii has it's reincarnation already, Rampage: Total Destruction, but now there is a new game in the same genre.

Source: Hexus

Razer's new reptile

Subject: General Tech | January 31, 2007 - 01:54 PM |
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The Razer DeathAdder is a relatively small mouse when compared to some of the other gaming mice on the market.  It is shaped much like the new Habu, as well as having LED lighting similar to it.  Considering the Habu is a joint effort between Microsoft and Razer, this is not really a huge surprise.  The software that comes with it has the features you would expect, with programmable buttons, tweakable on-the-fly DPI changes and as an added benefit, you can change the lighting as well.  Head to techPowerUp to get

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New Solitare and Minesweeper screenshots!

Subject: General Tech | January 31, 2007 - 12:02 PM |
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OCMODSHOP examines Vista's history and it's release.  They look back a few years to Longhorn, and the expectations that were created during the development process and beta testing, then follow Vista forward into release.  Looking not only at Aero and the newly updated games, they delve into what has changed about the core technology behind Windows the difference between the versions and details about the security.

Source: OCMODSHOP

So that's what the second core is for

Subject: General Tech | January 30, 2007 - 12:27 PM |
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Digital Trends presents an interesting theory, that is also a little worrying.   The big PC and laptop retailers may have been behind the push to move to dual core in order to let their proprietary software run.  Almost any PC and laptop from a major manufacturer has any number of programs that constantly run and take up CPU cycles.  What would it mean if that load was pushed onto the second core, leaving the first core for the user